Master of Science in Health Communication

Sue Gallegher

Sue Gallagher, Director for MS Health Communication Program

Founded in 1994 the Master of Science in Health Communication is offered by Tufts University Medical School in collaboration with Emerson College, a close academic neighbor in downtown Boston. Tufts has a distinguished history of training public health and medical professionals, while Emerson has a distinguished history of training communication and journalism professionals in all areas of media.

The Health Communication Program provides students with a solid foundation in the science, theory, and practice of effective health communication in a population-based environment, as well as the basic elements of medicine, epidemiology and public health practice. Students learn to develop, deliver, and evaluate effective health promotion and disease prevention programs and campaigns; to disseminate health information; and to develop, formulate, implement and advocate for health policy initiatives. Graduates receive the skills and knowledge to assume a range of roles in diverse settings: biotech firms, federal agencies, foundations, health departments, hospitals, non profits and publishing companies. The program places a heavy emphasis on "hands-on" applied learning, with each student expected to complete an advanced level applied learning project in order to graduate.

While health communication ranges from one-on-one, such as patient-provider dialogue, to mass communication and the program addresses the full continuum, mass communication is emphasized.

Career Paths

Find out what kind of jobs are available for graduates of Tufts' MS-HCOM Program with this Career Infographic.

About the field

Read about career options, salary expectations, emerging trends in the field, and key competencies in this Survey of MS HCOM Alumni.

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Liz Austin, MS '09
Communications and Outreach Coordinator at the National Cancer Institute
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